Category Archives: Rise and Dream movie

Aug 17 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ caption contest!

Q: What’s more fun than a photo caption contest?

A: A photo caption contest that offers a prize for the winning caption!

CFCA’s next caption contest on the “Rise and Dream” Facebook page will end with a prize. The writer of the most “liked” caption will win a DVD of the movie!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Please visit and like the “Rise and Dream” Facebook page.

2) Add your caption for the photo (seen here) as a comment on the “Rise and Dream” Facebook post.†(You may have to like the page, if you haven’t already done so, in order to post a comment.)

Rise and Dream caption contest
If you don’t have a caption to contribute, please feel free to vote for any captions submitted by liking them.


  • Please be kind and clean! We strive to provide a gentle page for our fans, and we may need to hide posts that may be offensive.
  • You may enter as many captions as you like before Friday morning, Aug. 24.
  • Please enter each caption in separate comments.


The winning caption will be the one with the most likes. In the event of a tie or extenuating circumstance, the CFCA social media team will make the final decision.

Here’s a little information about this photograph:

Children wash their bowls at water pumps after having lunch at a special Saturday morning school session in Zamboanga, Philippines. The classes were taught by CFCA scholarship students, and the lunch was a stew cooked by area mothers over an open fire.

Jul 20 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ accepted into three more film festivals

Rise and Dream movie posterGreat news for all who are interested in our documentary film, “Rise and Dream”!

We recently learned that “Rise and Dream” is an official selection in the 2012 Chagrin Documentary Film Fest,† the 2012 Kansas International Film Festival and the Global Peace Film Festival.

The Global Peace Film Festival will be Sept. 18-23 in Orlando, Fla. The other two festivals will be in October 2012. We look forward to sharing the film with these new audiences.

A little context about “Rise and Dream”

The film follows the story of 13 teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines. The teens volunteer to learn the music traditions of their culture for a once-in-a-lifetime concert.

The film, produced by CFCA, is intended to give viewers a new understanding of the potential that exists within people living in poverty.

We hope it will raise awareness about the heroic struggles of families trying to break the cycle of extreme poverty seen in developing countries ó where many struggle to live on just a few dollars each day.

To find out more information about where and when to purchase tickets, please visit the “Rise and Dream” website, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive the “Rise and Dream” eNewsletter, which gives exclusive insider information on the latest “Rise and Dream” news.

Jul 3 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to the ‘Rise and Dream’ screenings!

'Rise and Dream' premiereThanks to all who came to see “Rise and Dream” on Saturday, June 30 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City!

The event was a huge success, and we are looking forward to sharing the film with as many people as possible.

We had such a positive response to the film from our moviegoers at both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings. Here is what a few of them had to say about “Rise and Dream”:

“As someone who has an education degree and who is looking for a teaching job, it was really inspiring to see what the kids were achieving in very difficult circumstances. It was really beautiful, and I was crying as I was watching the concert.”
ó Corinne Stanley

“I wasnít quite aware of how much of an impact [the CFCA scholarship program] has, but the film shows that it doesnít take much to help.”
ó Nancy Shuert

“The film was so uplifting! The [Filipino] people are so beautiful!”
ó Beverly Wharton, CFCA sponsor

Read more about the Kansas City screenings of “Rise and Dream”

Jun 12 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ CFCA scholar graduates in the Philippines

Xarina, CFCA scholar, graduates in the Philippines

Xarina, CFCA scholar and one of the teens featured in the CFCA documentary film, ‘Rise and Dream,’ graduates from nursing school in the Philippines.

In this season of graduations and young adults entering a new chapter of their lives, we have a very special graduation story to share with you!

Xarina, one of the CFCA scholars featured in our “Rise and Dream” documentary film, graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“When I received my diploma, I was very happy,” Xarina said.

Xarina learned to play the kulintangan and other traditional Filipino instruments as part of her training for the concert in Zamboanga.

The “Rise and Dream” film follows the story of 13 teens living in poverty in the Philippines, who embark on a journey to discover their heritage and perform in a once-in-a-lifetime concert for their community.

We touched base briefly with Xarina in August 2010, when she answered a few of our questions for her about nursing school and the challenges she had faced there.

“As I am getting close to finishing this course, I encountered lots of challenges and greater responsibility in taking care of others is required,” she had said. “I’m still scared if I can cope with the demands of this course but, one thing I’m very sure Ö I will really become a NURSE.”

Her story, as well as the stories of 12 other teenagers, is featured in the “Rise and Dream” film.

(Note: If you live in the Kansas City area, we’d love for you to attend our screening of “Rise and Dream” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Tickets are available here. The 7 p.m. screening has sold out of tickets!)

May 16 2012

Tickets available for ‘Rise and Dream’ Kansas City premiere

Rise and Dream movie posterOur ‘Rise and Dream’ Kansas City premiere is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m., and a dessert reception will follow. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are now available at

Although the premiere is free, we ask that you reserve tickets as soon as possible so we know how many people will be attending.

As just a taste of the great things to come, we’d like to share this Q-and-A with Paul Pearce, the film’s executive producer and CFCA’s director of global strategy.

What was the inspiration behind making “Rise and Dream?”

The idea was to capture how people living in poverty can be an inspiration for the rest of the world, through their perseverance and hope despite their daily survival struggles.

Many times people living in poverty are treated as if they are in a great abyss, with nothing but their need to offer the rest of the world.

We wanted to make a film that dispelled this myth. We wanted to challenge ourselves and others to truly give the poor a voice ó to give them the microphone for once and let them share what they think and feel. Read more

Feb 23 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ now an award-winning documentary!

Rise and Dream festival awardWe have wonderful news to share!

“Rise and Dream,” our documentary film, won the audience choice award at the Thin Line Film Fest after its world premiere in Denton, Texas.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended the premiere and showed us such great support over the past few weeks. We’re excited to see where “Rise and Dream” goes next!

Read our news report: CFCA documentary film wins festival award

Feb 15 2012

Reflection on ‘Rise and Dream’ premiere by Bob Hentzen

CFCA President Bob Hentzen traveled with members of the “Rise and Dream” film team to its world premiere at the Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, Texas. This is his reflection about the screening.

Bob Hentzen in the Philippines for "Rise and Dream" concert

In this photo from the CFCA archives, CFCA President Bob Hentzen talks with one of the youth featured in the "Rise and Dream" documentary film after the concert.

I’m confident that when the film festival votes are counted, we will be reaffirmed that “Rise and Dream” is a very good documentary. The spontaneous enthusiasm of all who see it speaks clearly that it is much more.

Everyone in attendance really gets into this story. At the conclusion of the film, we enjoyed such a lively dialogue.

The film festival staff had to ask us to clear the theater and continue elsewhere to make room for the next show.

The film’s executive producer, CFCA’s Paul Pearce, invited the entire audience to gather at the Sweetwater Grill & Tavern down the street.

We so enjoyed one another’s company and the film’s soundtrack harmonies of Barclay Martin and Rick Willoughby …”and let the afternoon unfold.”

“This film is connected to the essential elements of being human.” It is a statement of the deepest values affecting millions of people in the Philippines and worldwide.

On the today side, this documentary is timely, as the world studies the moves of powerful nations interested in deposits beneath the archipelagos bordering the South China Sea.

On the transcendental side, the film grabs us all with irresistible human beauty. Youthful energy bursts forth and rides the waves far enough to return. “Can you hear the songs of children all around?” Read more

Jan 19 2012

Can you join us for the world premiere of ‘Rise and Dream’?

Rise and Dream film at Thin Line Film FestGreat news for all who are interested in our upcoming documentary film, “Rise and Dream!”

We recently learned that “Rise and Dream” is an official selection in the 2012 Thin Line Film Fest, an international documentary film festival, which will run from Feb. 10 to Feb. 20 in Denton, Texas.

This will be our world premiere ñ the first time the film will be shown to the public!

If you live in or near the Denton or Dallas/Fort Worth areas or are in the mood for a road trip, please come and see the movie! We know you’ll love the film, and we’re hoping for a packed house to show support for the film and for CFCA.

Rise and Dream will be showing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Campus Theatre, located one block west of the downtown square: 214 West Hickory St., Denton, Texas 76201. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to get tickets soon. Read more

Aug 12 2010

Xarina: The busy student

Xarina, from Philippines


Today is Aug. 12, International Youth Day, and we look at one youth’s outstanding example of helping others in need. Xarina is a participant in the CFCA Scholarship Program and was featured in the Summer 2008 issue of The Scholar. She was also one of the 13 scholars who performed at the 2008 CFCA concert in Zamboanga, Philippines. Alan Partosa and Maricar Castillo, both staff members from the Zamboanga project, managed to catch up with this busy nursing student for an interview.

What has changed since we last heard from you?
I am now in my third year as a nursing student. Classes have just started. I am taking 26 units for this semester, and 16 of those units are solely nursing major subjects and actual field exposure, while the other 10 units are for minor subjects in school. Subjects have gotten more difficult, and the number of required patients to attend to also increases. Each of us will now be handling 15 cases. This sounds both exciting and horrible! I hope that I can make it. Last May, I was elected as president for the nursing official choir called ìSYNAPSEî for the school year 2010-2011.

You were working in the community health clinic three times a week. Has this changed?
I am still doing clinical but this time I am exposed to patients with more serious illnesses, as well as helping patients in pre-op, post-op and under recovery. I still have the same routine three times a week but not in the community clinic, now it is in the hospital with seven rotations required.

At one time you mentioned you were worried about succeeding in your career. How do you feel now?
At this time, it is a mixed emotion. I discovered lots of things to love about nursing. As I am getting close to finishing this course, I encountered lots of challenges and greater responsibility in taking care of others is required. Iím still scared if I can cope with the demands of this course but, one thing Iím very sure … I will really become a NURSE.

What are your favorite subjects now? Last fall, you loved bioethics.
Iím done with bioethics and learned a lot from it but now, believe it or not, I love NCM (Nursing Care Management), which I hated before. NCM gives me a wider scope of understanding patients and what they are going through. Let me differentiate the impact of bioethics and NCM to me: Bioethics helped me understand different people that we met, while NCM taught me how to provide proper care to people we met.

Do you still work with pregnant women?
I was able to personally assist with an actual delivery in the community health center. This is really an overwhelming experience, and the school has really provided me all the knowledge to deal with this. Holding the newborn baby for the first time, wow, I canít really explain.

I was very lucky because after my community exposure, which mostly dealt with pregnant women, my first exposure in the hospital last February was in the OB-GYN ward. Though I already had an idea how to deal with the patients, I was assigned to a serious case. My patient is suffering from DUB (Dyspertinal Uterine Bleeding). This experience gives me an actual case. I was able to apply learning gained in NCM since my patient underwent a hysterectomy.

What about your homework schedule? Do you still stay up late doing homework?
As subjects get more difficult, I have to exert more effort. It is already a normal routine for me to stay up to 2 a.m. to do my homework and report to my hospital duty or classes from 7 a.m to 3 p.m.

What about your dance and music classes? Can you still fit those into your routine? Are there any new developments?
I still sing for weddings and other special occasions if it fits my schedule, especially since I also earn money from this. I am a member of our church choir on Sundays regardless of my hectic schedule. Now that I am the president of the nursing choir, I have to find time for it since we have regular practice, in which I am also really very happy because singing will always be my passion. I was supposed to audition for the dance troupe at the university as a kulintangan* instrumentalist, which I learned in my CFCA workshop. But, my parents did not allow me as they saw my schedules and daily routine and the demand as a nursing student. They again reminded me that education should always be the priority.

Is your service project still writing letters?
I still do the same thing, assist children in their letter- and card-making that is done in our community. Though, our subproject plans to train another group of kulintangan instrumentalists since a number of sponsored children also expressed their desire to learn to play the kulintangan. This sounds exciting, I hope the practice schedule will fit mine, and that this plan will materialize this year.

Do you still plan to graduate in 2012?
I hope to graduate in April 2012 and review for two months as preparation for the nursing board examination in July.

We have enjoyed following your progress through nursing school, Xarina. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your life? How is your family?
My family and I are doing well. My elder brother, Wendell, is in his fourth year as a nursing student, so I am very well guided with what to expect in my own nursing career. I still have my very loving and supportive mother around, which make things light and manageable. I also help my father, who has been sick recently. I monitor his blood pressure and medications.

*The kulintangan is a traditional Filipino instrument.

Nov 9 2009

Photos from the Zamboanga CD release concert

Wow, what a show!

At last night’s CD release concert, Barclay Martin Ensemble, joined by the talents from the Filipino Cultural Center of the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, moved some audience members to tears with their performances. The concert was the official release of the music from the documentary, Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music. If you were unable to attend, please don’t despair: below are some pictures of the event, and the CD is available on the Zamboanga Web site. Enjoy!

Getting ready for the concert

Getting ready for the concert

Concert-goers waiting for the doors to open

Concert-goers waiting for the doors to open.

The Sampaguita Choir performed with Barclay Martin Ensemble

The Sampaguita Choir performed with Barclay Martin Ensemble

Barclay Martin Ensemble

Barclay Martin Ensemble

A special performance by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe

Special performance by the Sinag-Tala Dance Troupe

Barclay Martin

Barclay Martin

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This review captures the feeling of the concert.